All eyes in the precious metals industry are on the mega-merger between mining giant Barrick Gold Corp. and rival Randgold Resources Ltd. The all-share deal, announced yesterday, will make Barrick into the world’s largest gold company by production when the deal closes in the first quarter of next year. Markets reacted positively to the news, with […]
The Wall Street Journal printed a piece this morning recapping how the S&P 500 rose 14% in the first three months of the year with the second quarter earnings on pace to climb roughly 9%. In the precious metals industry typically the declining dollar means bullish for GOLD. In this morning’s piece various corporations comment […]
Read an article today about “Golden Handcuffs” in the Economist. Apparently this ban on exporting gold & copper concentrates went into effect back in March. It is a serious stand-off that is certain to affect the supply and demand of gold in the US. https://www.economist.com/news/business/21723427-row-raises-concerns-mining-firms-across-africa-tanzanias-firebrand-leader-takes-its
The summer holidays are upon us. Many manufacturers are closing down for a week or two around the July 4th holiday. Some for summer break and some to clean up their facility to get ready for the next busy season.
Last week I attended a conference in Orlando for the International Precious Metals Institute. I must admit, Orlando in June was daunting but upon arrival my opinion quickly changed. This industry is truly incredible. I learned about Precious metals investments, futures, forwards, and mining specifics. Since I am certainly not proficient enough to share that type […]
If you are getting paid on scrap or reclaimed jewelry materials you know how important it is to get paid on the true value of your metals. If you are paying a middleman, that is one more person getting between you and your money. Here are 5 ways to show you are NOT dealing with […]
Over the past few months we have heard of precious metals refiners closing down over violations to the Dodd-Frank legislation. Dodd-Frank as many of our readers know requires most larger companies to practice due diligence to ensure that any gold coming from certain countries is sourced properly. When refiners don’t comply with the legislation there […]
If you buy jewelry you are surely aware of the challenge of differentiating between these gray/white colored metals. It is not always easy to tell with the naked eye but this is may help.
We are constantly getting customer calls into the refinery asking for advice – “Should we sell our gold and other precious metals? How will the Presidential election effect the gold price? What will the actions of The Fed have on metals?” Many times what historically has happened just simply isn’t the case.
Recently we have had an influx of synthetic stones coming into our lab for stone removal. The challenge is properly identifying these stones.